Here’s the latest on the “Bachelor in Paradise” sex and drinking scandal:
DeMario Jackson, the contestant accused of sexually assaulting Corinne Olympios on the ABC show — which has stopped production — made a brief public comment, not addressing allegations, on video: “I have nothing to say. You know, (she’s) an awesome girl and that’s all I have to say.”
Meanwhile, Olympios (who previously withheld her name) hired Hollywood publicist Stan Rosenfield and attorney Marty Singer, and released a statement: “I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the alleged incident happened June 4, the first day of shooting at a resort in Sayulita, Mexico.
Apparently a producer on the show suspected misconduct and reported the encounter between castmembers who had been drinking to supervisors at Warner Bros., setting off an internal investigation (but no criminal charges).
A source described the scene as “soft core porn” to the Los Angeles Times, mentioning that Olympios was drunk before the two got naked, entered a pool and were “very raunchy.”
For folks who need a refresher on the “Bachelor in Paradise” bottom feeders: Olympios, 25, originally appeared on Nick Viall’s season of “The Bachelor,” and was labeled a “villian,” while Jackson, 30, was eliminated not long ago on Rachel Lindsay’s current season of “The Bachelorette.” He was rejected in May when Lindsay found out he had an unfinished relationship back home.
BAT SIGNAL SHINES
Los Angeles is honoring the late Adam West with a lighting of the bat signal.
The beloved TV Batman, who died June 10 at 88, will be remembered June 15 at an evening ceremony at City Hall with Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Among the many tributes to the actor was a column in the trade paper by Burt Ward, who played Robin in the TV classic.
Ward wrote, “People always asked Adam if he felt like he’d been typecast, if Batman had hurt his career. But I know he loved it. He loved being a star.”
KQED’s series “Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories” begins its 12th season at 8 p.m. Friday June 16 on Channel 9 with the 30-minute documentary “Forever, Chinatown,” which details the work of octogenarian Frank Wong, a self-taught artist known for making amazing, lifelike miniature models depicting San Francisco’s Chinatown in the 1930-40s.
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